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Encyclopedia > United States Office of Special Counsel

The United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is a permanent independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency whose basic legislative authority come from three federal statutes, the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Hatch Act. Its primary mission is to protect federal employees and others from "prohibited personnel practices", especially in reprisal for whistleblowing. It has around 100 staff. A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power to take corrective action. ... The name Hatch Act is given to two unrelated pieces of United States federal legislation The Hatch Act of 1887 created agricultural experiment stations. ...


The Office of Special Counsel is not to be confused with the defunct United States Office of the Independent Counsel, which was in independent prosecutor's office created in 1978 and expired in 1999. Kenneth Starr's investigation fell under the Independent Counsel's office. United States Office of the Independent Counsel was an independent prosecutor — distinct from the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice — that provided reports to the Congress under Title 28 of the United States Code, Section 595. ... Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946 in Vernon, Texas) is an American lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the Whitewater land transactions by President Bill Clinton. ...


External links

  • Official OSC website

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